By: Cameryn P.

*Proceed with caution: These will ruin your childhood*

Donald Duck

While we may infamously recognize Donald as a contributing character in "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse," there is a deeper essence to how he came about. Donald was chosen as a star in propaganda films throughout WWII, serving in the U.S. military. After WWII, it is said that Donald had Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a worsened temper, and is sensitive to loud noises, which is why his nephews often exploit these weaknesses when playing pranks on him.


It is highly believed that the babies in the film "Rugrats,” are a figment of Angelica's imagination. Because Angelica does not have a healthy relationship with either of her parents because of their negligent behaviors, Angelica dreamt up the babies, having imaginary friends to hang out with. But the babies were not dreamt up; they had a more tragic backstory.

  • Chucky died in a car crash along with his mother, which is why Chaz is hyperactive.

  • Tommy was stillborn and explained why his father, Stu Pickles, built toys in his basement, making them for his son, that he never got to know.

  • But the only baby that existed was Dil, and Angelica cannot manipulate him because he is real, so she lashes out at him.

Courage the Cowardly Dog

Those who watched Courage the Cowardly dog may remember the eccentric and uncanny adventures Courage ventured out on. But, to put it simply, Courage was just a scared little dog, and those adventures were exaggerated from his perspective. Muriel and Eustace cannot live in the middle of nowhere, but Courage just does not get out often because they are too old to take him. Similarly, the strangers Courage encounters on his trips are portrayed as evil because Courage is not used to seeing anyone. Still, Muriel and Eustace are afraid of losing him, so he views others as threats to their safety.

SpongeBob SquarePants

It is theorized that the characters of SpongeBob SquarePants are based on the seven deadly sins.

  • SpongeBob: Lust (He is overly enthusiastic and optimistic about everything)

  • Mr. Krabs: Greed (He is very frugal and an extreme cheapskate who tries to collect any type of money in any ethical or unethical manner)

  • Patrick: Sloth (He is extremely lazy and lays around not doing much)

  • Gary: Gluttony (Throughout the majority of the show, he is either eating or asking to be fed)

  • Squidward: Wrath (He always takes out his anger on anybody, especially SpongeBob)

  • Sandy: Pride (She is an over-achiever and is an avid inventor ready to put her innovations on display)

  • Plankton: Envy (He is envious of Mr. Krabs and his success that he would go to extreme measures to take it all for himself)


Garfield may seem like your average housecat ubiquitous in many American households. But there is a more agonizing origin of this cartoon. It is believed that Jon abandoned Garfield, and Garfield is slowly starving to death while hallucinating the memories of a more comfortable life.

This theory is validated in the 1989 Garfield Halloween special. Garfield wakes up to an empty, abandoned house with the windows boarded up and overgrown grass. Garfield then forces himself back into the hallucination.


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Crawford, Julia. "Cartoon Conspiracy Theories That'll Change the Way You See Them." ReelRundown, ReelRundown, 1 Feb. 2018, 

"Creepy Cartoon Conspiracy Theories." Toynk Toys, Toynk Toys, 17 Jan. 2018, 

Staff, CBR. "15 Dark Cartoon Fan Theories That Will Blow Your Mind." CBR, 16 July 2017, 

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